Sudden Chronic Seizures in Pets
|Throughout my veterinarian career, pet owners have brought up concerns regarding their pets who have suddenly developed seizure disorders, and whether or not they would have to put their canine companions to sleep or not. Seizure disorders are actually fairly common in pets and while not curable in most cases can usually be treated and controlled.|
The causes of seizures in pets can be many from trauma, toxins, infections, metabolic diseases of the liver, as well as primary brain disease and tumors. Every pet with a history of chronic seizures should have a full workup by a veterinarian, including blood work, urine testing, and liver specific function tests such as bile acids tests. Depending upon the results of these tests further testing such as ultrasound and/or specific tests of the central nervous system, including MRI’s and CSF taps can be done.
However, inmost cases, specific causes of seizures are not found and many pets are diagnosed with epilepsy, which are seizures with an unknown origin. In these cases most pets’ seizures can be controlled with medication such as Potassium Bromide and Gabapentin.